Physical Education


Physical Education

Physical Education is a course which combines practical and theoretical aspects and aims to create confident, independent thinkers and effective decision makers who can operate effectively as individuals or as part of a team. This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Course Outline – Two Examinations

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity in sport – written exam, 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level.

Section A:  Applied Anatomy and Physiology – includes a range of topics such as the skeletal and muscular systems, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity and the energy systems of the body.
Section B: Skill acquisition – includes a range of topics such as: classification of motor skills; types and methods of practice, stages of learning and memory models.
Section C: Sport & Society – includes a range of topics such as pre -industrial Britain; rational recreation in post-industrial Britain and sociological theory applied to equal opportunities.

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity in sport – written exam, 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level.

Section A: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics – includes a range of topics such as injury prevention and nutrition and training methods. This then moves onto cover topics such as linear and angular motion, fluid mechanics and projectile motion.
Section B: Sports Psychology – includes a range of topics such as: personality, motivation, arousal, groups and teams and stress management to optimise performance.
Section C: Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport – includes a range of topics such as elite performers, ethics, violence, drugs, sport and law, commercialisation and media and modern technology in sport.

Course Outline – Non-exam assessment

Internal assessment and external moderation, 90 marks, 30% of A Level

This aspect is the coursework of A Level PE and is split into two parts:
• Performance – Performance or Coaching in the full sided version of ONE activity.
• Analysis of Performance – Students are required to analyse and evaluate the performance of a player. This can be their own or the performance of another. This will be completed in a written format via a series of homework tasks.


Coursework (30%)
Examination (70%)
Examining Board – AQA.

Special Entry Requirements

Students taking PE must be able to perform sufficiently well in ONE practical activity. It is expected that all students must be performing regularly in structured competition. If GCSE Physical Education has been taken, students must achieve a minimum of grade 4 (C). This is in addition to our standard A level entry requirements.

Prohibited Options


Career and Progression Opportunities

This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology. Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry. This qualification is suitable for learners intending to pursue any career for which an understanding of the human body or human behaviour is desirable. Other avenues of progression for candidates would include careers in: sport and physical activity, PE teaching, Physiotherapy, Personal Trainer and Sports coach.


There is a combination of practical performance in one sport along with a verbal evaluation of a live observed performance in the chosen sports. The spoken coursework is developed through homework and class tasks throughout the course.

Teaching Methods

A large variety of teaching methods are used, but a great emphasis is put on learning via practical means.

Complementary Subjects or Enrichment Courses

Level 2 Sports Leaders is always a useful addition. Likewise, playing sport for the College is encouraged for those taking part in team sports but is not compulsory.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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